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Unit Overview


This practical unit draws together students from different levels of musical experience at pre-tertiary level, and consolidates essential musicianship, technical skills and repertory in either performance or composition. For performers, the emphasis is on development of instrumental technique and performance skills including developing an awareness of psychological, biomechanical/performance health concepts, and preparing students for the repertoire-based focus of the next unit in the sequence, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2. For composers, technical skills are developed through short composition exercises based on pertinent examples from the repertoire of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music. This prepares students for a study of higher level techniques introduced in the next unit in the sequence, MUSC1342 Principal Studies 2. This unit is a complementary unit in the Music Studies major (degree-specific major) in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Music Studies; Music major sequences

Students are able to (1) in performance—(a) demonstrate a fundamental level vocal/instrumental technique; (b) demonstrate regular control of intonation, rhythm, accuracy, articulation and tone quality through performance of technical work; (c) prepare repertoire that incorporates technical work, etudes and vocal/instrumental literature appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (d) demonstrate musicianship through fundamental use of phrasing, dynamic control and general expression; (e) employ collaborative music making skills appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; and (f) demonstrate a holistic awareness and understanding of psychological and performance health issues and (2) in composition—(a) demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of music notation for pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, as well ensemble scoring; (b) demonstrate fundamental compositional techniques for the development of simple musical material; (c) demonstrate understanding of acoustic instruments, their capabilities and limitations; (d) employ collaborative music making skills appropriate to this foundational level of tertiary performance; (e) apply knowledge and awareness of repertoire and historical approaches to composition appropriate to the level of the unit..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) performers: solo repertoire examination; OR

composers: composition projects, assignments, and tests; (2) collaborative music project; and (3) performance stream: learning module, or composition stream: workshop participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the performers: solo repertoire examination; OR composers: composition projects, assignments, and tests component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Graeme Gilling and Dr. James Ledger
Unit rules
Successful completion of
Conservatorium of Music audition/composition portfolio
MUSC1591 Music Large Ensemble 1
And Enrolment in
Or MJD-MUSST Music Studies
MUSC1741 Practical Studies A
or MUSC1742 Practical Studies B
or MUSC2741 Practical Studies C
or MUSC3741 Practical Studies D
Contact hours
individual/group lessons: 12 hours per semester
workshops: 20 hours per semester
collaborative music projects: varies according to each project
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.